Composer

  • Programming of Radius / Edge / Prism / Solus NX DSPs
  • Open-Architecture / Flexibility Limited Only by Imagination
  • End-to-End DSP and Accessory System Management
Composer on Laptop and Monitor

End-to-End With Just One Software Application.  Composer is a Windows® application used to program Radius, Prism, Edge, and Solus NX DSPs. In addition to the programming of one to many Symetrix DSPs, Composer natively configures the setup and routing of Symetrix Dante I/O Expanders as well as select third-party Dante endpoints. Integrators can design a complete end-to-end DSP signal path with just one application.

Open-architecture Means Infinite Possibilities.  Composer is “open architecture” meaning that choices of audio signal routings, DSP modules, and control signal processing are at the sole discretion of the programmer. This allows each system installed to perfectly match the requirements as well as adapt and expand as the system evolves or functional needs change. All classes of audio processing modules for signal shaping are provided including, but not limited to Mixers, Automixers, Matrixes, Equalizers, Filters, Compressor/Limiters, Automatic Gain Control (AGC), automatic ambient sound pressure level response (SPL Computer), and Feedback Fighters. Application-specific modules like the Room Combiners specifically address difficult integration issues such as automatically linking wall panels in combined spaces while specialized processes such as Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) eliminate echo loops in conferencing applications.

A Logical Solution for Complex Problems.  Logic-based processing modules called Control Modules can be assembled in various combinations to elegantly overcome unique application challenges often encountered during system design. Commonly used Control Modules are Gates (AND, OR, XOR), Flip-Flops, Binary Encoders/Decoders, Multiplexers, and Delays. Logic chains may be driven by internal audio or logic signals, or external devices via RS-232, RS-485, or general purpose inputs. Logic chains can be used to trigger other internal logic functions, recall presets, drive general purpose outputs or send strings via RS-232, UDP/IP or TCP/IP for simple control of external devices such as projectors, screens, and curtains.

Flexible and Robust External Control.  Composer-enabled control systems include 1000 Presets, Controller Numbers for assignment to Symetrix Wall Panels, web-based control interfaces, and 3rd party RS-232, UDP/IP, and TCP/IP devices. Presets may be recalled by time and date using Composer’s Event Scheduler.

Control Screens.  Custom user interfaces called Control Screens can be quickly authored to prototype control methods. Control Screens are a means to consolidate commonly adjusted parameters from many units and modules into a set of easily accessible screens. They are particularly useful for end users when exported to SymVue, a network-based runtime application that runs on Windows PCs, touchscreen-enabled PCs, and tablets. SymVue can connect to any number of Symetrix DSPs and includes password protection to govern access to the control interface. Multiple instances of SymVue can be deployed across a control network and parameter changes are always in sync between Composer, ARC Wall Panels, ARC-WEB, 3rd party controllers, and SymVue.

Composer v6.0 release contains these updates:

  • Push operations are significantly faster. In particular, sites with many units, some operations are now done in parallel resulting in a huge decrease in push time.
  • The process for routing network audio in Composer has been changed significantly.  Please see the help file and various tech tips for more details on these changes. Some other items related to this are listed below.
  • Compatibility with Dante Controller has been improved. Site preferences allow choosing not to configure the Dante routing on push or power-up. This allows users to perform routing using Dante Controller and now have it overridden by Composer’s settings. Users may then change Composer routing to match what was done in Dante Controller using a sync process.
  • Dante devices now support AES67 audio. Edge and Radius DSPs can transmit and receive AES67 multicast streams of up to 8 channels.
  • The term “Dante flow” has been deprecated in favor of “Network I/O module”. This new term encompasses both Dante flows and AES67 streams.
  • Dante firmware for all products supports the Dante locking system via a 4-digit PIN.
  • User-defined Dante devices are now supported. This allows controlling routing of Dante devices not found in the toolkit.
  • The default Dante channel names have been changed for better compatibility.
  • Edge, Radius AEC, Radius 12×8 EX, xIn 12, and xOut 12 devices have been upgraded to the Dante 4.0 firmware that has support for Dante Domain Manager. Note that enrolling Symetrix devices in a Dante Domain may impact the ability to configure it using Composer.
  • Dante busses can now contain up to 64 channels instead of just 8.
  • New third-party Dante devices for Dante Virtual Soundcard have been added. This allows controlling Dante routing to and from DVS from within Composer.
  • Support for Attero Tech unD6IO and unD6IO-BT devices has been added.
  • Support for Stewart Audio subcompact PoE+ Dante Amplifiers has been added.
  • Dante diagnostic information is now available in the Composer diagnostics module.
  • Control number linking now works offline in Composer. The option to link control has been removed and now all controls that share the same number are automatically linked.
  • Composer will prevent assigning duplicate control numbers in various cases where control numbers are automatically generated.
  • ARC-WEB can now display more menus and longer text strings.
  • The maximum number of simultaneous TCP/IP connections for third-party control systems has been increased from 4 to 6.
  • Site Preferences have been updated. Users will be presented with these options on each push by default. This can be disabled in the Site Preferences.
  • New example conferencing site files are available. They reside in a sub-folder within the Designs\Conferencing folder.
  • When nudging groups of modules using the arrow keys, the entire group will stop moving if any one object runs into the sheet boundary. This prevents modules overlapping and wires becoming disconnected.
  • Issues with PoE+ negotiation have been resolved.
  • Signal Present/Clip indicators have been added to xIO 4 devices.

For in-depth release notes for Composer v6.0, please click here.

Installed Sound DSP

  • Symetrix Edge DSP with expansion cards
  • Symetrix Prism DSPs with Composer software
  • Symetrix Radius AEC and 12x8 EX DSPs
  • Symetrix Solus NX DSPs with Composer software